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Pfhreak
Jan 30, 2004

Frog Blast The Vent Core!


Honestly, I think it's just an issue of perspective. To me it looks like the engines are at like a 30 degree angle, and the hull is side on. And definitely ditch the rudders. Do contrails in the game instead.

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EMILY BLUNTS
Jan 1, 2005



Scut posted:

Let's get some pixels rolling up in this thread!


Rough versions of a player's ship for a sidescrolling shmup I'm working on. I've gone through a bunch of variations on the tail rudders / thrust tabs etc. and it's still looking too busy in the back. I think the next step is to just try wiping them entirely and focus more on form over little greeble-type bits.

This reminds me of ship designs by Scott Robertson from a sketching video, however you want to take that.

Jewel
May 2, 2009



Oh man, you know what I realize would be really good? A pixel art program where you can overlay or underlay an image with full resolution. By which I mean, instead of looking like this (sketch pulled from a random GIS search for "sketch", and pixels drawn hastily):



It would look like this:



A man can dream

MeccaPrime
May 11, 2010



I don't know too much about this just yet, but couldn't you just draw on a separate layer over your full resolution image, then remove the bottom layer? You might have to use larger pixels at first and then scale it down, but it sounds like it wouldn't be too hard to set up. You could do this in most any program that supports multiple layers.

Then again, I'm just learning how to do these things so I could be completely wrong...

Count Uvula
Dec 20, 2011



Nah, you can only ever work in the same resolution as the underlay; he wants separate resolutions each layer (I personally don't think it's that useful unless your resizing is removing really thin lines that you want to be able to see?)

Jewel
May 2, 2009



Count Uvula posted:

Nah, you can only ever work in the same resolution as the underlay; he wants separate resolutions each layer (I personally don't think it's that useful unless your resizing is removing really thin lines that you want to be able to see?)

Well if you look in that picture I posted, it's much clearer to see what you're pixelling on the bottom one compared to the top one. Gives you more of a sense of shape really.

The DK Rap
May 12, 2010
You know him well.

Perhaps by using a large grid and drawing in blocks as big as each grid square (preferably in something that also has Snap To Grid), you could scale the finished image down so that each grid square becomes a single pixel?

Disreputable Dog
Dec 16, 2010


Internet Exploder posted:

Perhaps by using a large grid and drawing in blocks as big as each grid square (preferably in something that also has Snap To Grid), you could scale the finished image down so that each grid square becomes a single pixel?

this is what they do in icon design -- Apple design guides recommends making an icon at 1024px, then scaling downwards as you need it. I can't remember the names but there are a few programs that help with that.

Mimsy
Oct 25, 2008


I've been trying to make some "low tech" looking spaceship sprites. This is the first one I finished that I like the look of, but I'm not really sure about the turrets. Also trying to think of ways to make objects that are composed almost entirely of cylinders look detailed is hard.

Internet Janitor
May 17, 2008

"That isn't the appropriate trash receptacle."


Mimsy: I like the overall design. If you're looking for some greeble ideas, consider the engineering concerns that make the International Space Station look like it does. Cylinders are prevalent because the structure has to be assembled from pieces that fit in a space shuttle bay or a rocket. Everything that doesn't need to be pressurized is strapped to the outside of the habitation areas to maximize usable space. You can also add external scaffolding, an easy way to add rigidity to structures without much mass. In general I think designs that are asymmetrical will look "lower tech".

Brainbread
Apr 7, 2008



Internet Janitor posted:

Mimsy: I like the overall design. If you're looking for some greeble ideas, consider the engineering concerns that make the International Space Station look like it does. Cylinders are prevalent because the structure has to be assembled from pieces that fit in a space shuttle bay or a rocket. Everything that doesn't need to be pressurized is strapped to the outside of the habitation areas to maximize usable space. You can also add external scaffolding, an easy way to add rigidity to structures without much mass. In general I think designs that are asymmetrical will look "lower tech".

That'll all depend on the purpose of the ship, won't it? If they're going for more of a "combat space ship" then stuff will have to be hidden away and protected, whereas a civilian/exploratory ship can go with external equipment.

Mimsy
Oct 25, 2008


I've added some random lumps and panel lines and added an asymmetrical gun turret thinger where there was previously just an additional set of antennas, also shortened the radiators a little, did that help?


I'm probably going to make a set of these and I'll make sure to incorporate external scaffolding on the ones that aren't meant to be armored.

Mimsy fucked around with this message at May 20, 2012 around 19:50

Mimsy
Oct 25, 2008


Aww crap I accidentally quoted myself

Scut
Aug 26, 2008



Grimey Drawer


Adding some asymmetry and variations in panel lines would help a lot, but I've noticed that your main light source seems to be coming from the viewer's POV. If the light was coming from a more dramatic angle (above or below, etc) you could convey a lot more of the form and it would look less static.

Scut
Aug 26, 2008



Grimey Drawer



Got that ship completed. Mostly a pile of massaging the lighting and hacking away bits that didn't work visually.

Anyone in the thread going to be in on the SA Gamedev Challenge this year?

Unormal
Nov 16, 2004

Mod sass? This evening?! But the cakes aren't ready! THE CAKES!

Fun Shoe

Scut posted:



Got that ship completed. Mostly a pile of massaging the lighting and hacking away bits that didn't work visually.

Anyone in the thread going to be in on the SA Gamedev Challenge this year?

I'm thinking of entering, but I don't know any artists; was thinking of seeing if any pixel artist folks wanted to join forces with a technician/designer team (we did Caves of Qud, no art involved )

You guys rock, wish I could do pixel art.

Humboldt Squid
Jan 21, 2006



Unormal posted:

I'm thinking of entering, but I don't know any artists; was thinking of seeing if any pixel artist folks wanted to join forces with a technician/designer team (we did Caves of Qud, no art involved )

You guys rock, wish I could do pixel art.

I'd like to do art again this year, but I probably won't be able to devote as much time to it as I had in the past couple years. I wouldn't mind making some sprites\loading screens depending on what you're game idea is.

Shalinor
Jun 10, 2002

Can I buy you a rootbeer?


The aforementioned SA GameDev VII game dev challenge has officially begun. It's generally been a pretty fun thing, and there are prizes, and so on. It might also be the only excuse you'll ever get to draw pixel balls.

exmarx
Feb 18, 2012




Scut
Aug 26, 2008



Grimey Drawer

Looks avatar worthy. Zoom it in 2x!

Booyah-
Dec 21, 2004



Here's a first try after reading some of the tutorials in the first post. I can't really draw anything other than basic geometric shapes, but it will be fun to play around more.


-= study of orb =-

Booyah- fucked around with this message at Jun 13, 2012 around 07:54

Ash Crimson
Apr 4, 2010
Probation
Can't post for 5 days!


I'm relatively new to Pixel-art, and art in general, but here's a few examples of my attempts of art:



A sprite of a friends character. I wasn't sure how to create a good human-base, hopefully as I improve I can create my own, so i used Ash Crimson's sprite as a base, got his outline and then proceeded to change it..



A bigger, more detailed sprite of the above character



My attempt at spriting a shuckle, based upon an official picture of it.



Well uh, a room.

Ash Crimson fucked around with this message at Jun 13, 2012 around 21:53

Booyah-
Dec 21, 2004



punchdaily posted:

I am finally, after almost two decades of trying, getting a somewhat firm hold on pixel graphics. but I made some GameBoy RPG mock-ups a month or so ago as a lark. I like working within the Gameboy palate because it stops me from going apeshit on the sprites. I was inspired by the sprites of the Japanese version of Ghostbusters 2 for the NES, which has some super-adorable sprite work, and is made by the team that made Kirby's Adventure! It's really worth a try if you can get a hold of it. Warning: For some reason Winston is blue.





Part of me really wants to make this game, but I've got a lot to learn about programming and/or GameMaker 8.1 before I can really do anything with it, and I've got other projects I want to do first. I have about 100 monster sprites for the game, seven main characters, six generics and a handful of town tiles.

Also: I like "aseprite" for tile making. It's good for testing out repeating tiles, at least. I haven't used it to animate anything.

These are absolutely wonderful. I'd love to see the Ghostbusters 2 sprites you used as inspiration, is there any good site for viewing these as opposed to just trying to glean from screenshots? http://spriters-resource.com doesn't seem to have anything and that's the only big site I know for resources like that.

Shindragon
Jun 6, 2011

You don't want my life. What do I have to show for it? Chozo DNA in my body, Metroid Prime blood on my hands, and a foot locker full of Ridleys.


http://www.spriters-resource.com/ne...rs2/sheet/27451

You mean this one? I am pretty sure he means this game. But yeah it's a good inspiration because the small touches on the sprites shape gives it character and they are simple good designs.

Rapt0rCharles9231
Oct 20, 2008


Chipp Zanuff posted:

I'm relatively new to Pixel-art, and art in general, but here's a few examples of my attempts of art:



A sprite of a friends character. I wasn't sure how to create a good human-base, hopefully as I improve I can create my own, so i used Ash Crimson's sprite as a base, got his outline and then proceeded to change it..



A bigger, more detailed sprite of the above character

Be wary of pillow shading! It looks like you put down your darkest shadow color first and then pillow shaded from there. You should define your light source first and then shade accordingly.


(I also don't know how to render out folds in pants, so maybe this won't be the best example)

Be mindful about your anatomy too, because anatomical errors will be more obvious on larger, detailed sprites. You gave him two right hands, for starters.

exmarx
Feb 18, 2012




Scut posted:

Looks avatar worthy. Zoom it in 2x!

fine



In addition to Rapt0rCharles's post, be mindful of the saturation in your colours. The blue carpet especially is eye-burning. In the sprite you're using a heap of colours, and "straight" colour ramps (i.e. shifting in value rather than saturation and hue). Read this for a better description (hue shifting at the bottom).

Some mostly-mirrored portraits using Dawnbringer's 16 colour palette:

.TakaM
Oct 30, 2007



Whooops, forgot about this thread, let me go back...

SSH IT ZOMBIE posted:

How did you do the leaves, anyway? There's so many, was there any copy\paste work, or all pushing pixel by pixel?
Yes some copy and pasting from a smaller tree I had already made, but most of it was pixel by pixel.

a boxing teahorse posted:

Again, though, messing around with subtle hue-shifting on the darkest and lightest bits of the leaves is a really neat way to show that they're catching sunlight and to show depth/create contrast. That only goes so far, though, since it's a very stylized tree where the leaves register as more of a single, shaped mass than thousands of individuals.

Plus, looking at an actual color wheel, it would be a much smoother shift to bring the darker brown to reddish-purplish. Sliding it all the way to blue doesn't make a whole let of sense.

Here's a GIF of my take at some minor changes. Up to you to decide whether it fits the style/looks better or not.
Thanks a bunch, when I saw this I just threw my hands up and copied it into the game.

SSH IT ZOMBIE posted:

I'll try to fix it, good catch. Should I change the body's color at all? Since everything is a shade of purple it looks kind of odd.
Yeah maybe, it already reads pretty well but changing the colour would add a bit more to the design, have you done anymore work on it?

Here's what I've been working on lately:

I think it's done, but I'd like to get some feedback before dropping it. Keep in mind that it will hold on certain frames in game for ascending and descending.

A LOVELY LAD
Feb 8, 2006

Hey man, wanna hear a secret?

.TakaM posted:


Here's what I've been working on lately:

I think it's done, but I'd like to get some feedback before dropping it. Keep in mind that it will hold on certain frames in game for ascending and descending.

Thats looking pretty nice. The main thing I see with it is the back, tail and the back legs on the landing, they seem to be a bit ridgid, maybe bring the back legs towards the head with a slightly curved back a for the land?

Ash Crimson
Apr 4, 2010
Probation
Can't post for 5 days!


Rapt0rCharles9231 posted:

Advice

Exclamation Marx posted:

Advice

Thanks for the advice guys!

I've decided to go back to doing small-scale stuff before I embark on bigger, ambitious sprites.

As such, here's an attempt I made at some random dude:



I'm not happy about the darker skin colours, they look too similar, but I couldn't seem to find a decent balance between the two.

Ash Crimson fucked around with this message at Jun 16, 2012 around 12:16

Scut
Aug 26, 2008



Grimey Drawer

Exclamation Marx posted:

Some mostly-mirrored portraits using Dawnbringer's 16 colour palette:



Dawnbringer's palette is great, as are those portraits.

I'm currently using the same palette in this piece (WIP):

Internet Janitor
May 17, 2008

"That isn't the appropriate trash receptacle."


Finally got around to trying out the new, actively maintained version of Pixen. Holy poo poo, I can resize the canvas without crashing and I can merge layers without desaturating my colors!

MWMetric
Nov 7, 2000



There's some really great stuff in here!

Here's just a couple of my own things. This first one is from a platform game that I started and never finished, something I am guilty of doing way too often.



And this second one is from a dungeon crawl game I am working on right now that is almost finished, I'll be posting the game on here when it's done. It's 3D but the enemies are 2D sprites and the 3D textures are all low res pixel art style.

MWMetric fucked around with this message at Jun 17, 2012 around 03:28

.TakaM
Oct 30, 2007



A LOVELY LAD posted:

Thats looking pretty nice. The main thing I see with it is the back, tail and the back legs on the landing, they seem to be a bit ridgid, maybe bring the back legs towards the head with a slightly curved back a for the land?
How's this look:

I moved the hind legs and arched the back a little, maybe not enough?

Physical
Sep 26, 2007

by T. Finninho


Lain posted:

And this second one is from a dungeon crawl game I am working on right now that is almost finished, I'll be posting the game on here when it's done. It's 3D but the enemies are 2D sprites and the 3D textures are all low res pixel art style.


Neat! That gives me some cool ideas!

dizzywhip
Dec 23, 2005



Lain posted:

And this second one is from a dungeon crawl game I am working on right now that is almost finished, I'll be posting the game on here when it's done. It's 3D but the enemies are 2D sprites and the 3D textures are all low res pixel art style.



This looks really good, I like the environment a lot. My only critique is that the contrast in style between the environment and character is kind of jarring. There's a lot of color variance in the walls and floors, but the character is pure solid colors with no shading. Both look fine on their own, but it looks a bit strange when they're combined.

MWMetric
Nov 7, 2000



Gordon Cole posted:

This looks really good, I like the environment a lot. My only critique is that the contrast in style between the environment and character is kind of jarring. There's a lot of color variance in the walls and floors, but the character is pure solid colors with no shading. Both look fine on their own, but it looks a bit strange when they're combined.

Yeah I know what you mean, that's actually because I started this game as a 48 hour challenge to myself to get a game done, and everything was stylized like the character there and the walls and everything were just flat and the same style. I decided I would turn it into a full game and I kept the original enemies and character sprites because I really liked how they turned out, so there is a bit of a disconnect. Everything is already taking me way longer than I planned to so I can't really justify updating all the original sprites, there are a lot of them!

Shoehead
Sep 28, 2005

Did you do somethin' with your hair?



Exclamation Marx posted:

fine


In addition to Rapt0rCharles's post, be mindful of the saturation in your colours. The blue carpet especially is eye-burning. In the sprite you're using a heap of colours, and "straight" colour ramps (i.e. shifting in value rather than saturation and hue). Read this for a better description (hue shifting at the bottom).

Some mostly-mirrored portraits using Dawnbringer's 16 colour palette:



Oh you're Pixeller Jeremy!

CantDecideOnAName
Jan 1, 2012

And I understand if you ask
Was this life,
was this all?


I love pixel art. Pretty out of practice at the moment



This is my work area--I copy paste in case I screw up something or don't like how it's turning out. It's also fun to see how I progress and all the little tweaks I make, like deciding I needed a better palette than the one provided by Paint.

And because I'm a good girl, here's a closeup.



Any tips on how to shade the shirt? I'm totally stuck and it just doesn't look right.

Scut
Aug 26, 2008



Grimey Drawer

CantDecideOnAName posted:



Any tips on how to shade the shirt? I'm totally stuck and it just doesn't look right.

The bright blue of the shirt is a higher value than the brightest parts of the jacket, I would bring it down so that it doesn't feel like it's jutting out so much.


To contribute, some enemy ships for that shmup I'm working on:

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Hellbeard
Apr 8, 2002


Please report me if you see me post in GBS so a moderator may bulldoze my account like a palestinian school.


Lovely work in the thread. Sort of inspires me to do some pixel stuff too.

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